Rural communities in Japan have rich knowledge, skills, and philosophy for sustainable living closely connected to their climate and geography. How can these resources be renewed and passed on to rebuild sustainable communities? Lessons will be reviewed from Japanese experiences.
Oguri is an Associate Professor in the Research and Education Center for Lifelong Learning at Kagoshima University and a Course Director for Renaissance Academy (a recurrent educational program for community leaders). She is an Environmental Education specialist with a research background in adult and community education. Her recent research and work focuses on "Jimotogagu": a theory and method for building self-sustained communities which has been developed in Minamata City, a city revived from Minamata disease.